A Day in the Life of a PGY-2 Resident

Kunmi

My Background

Hey there, my name is Kunmi Sobowale. I was born and raised in Long Island, New York. I went to Yale for college and majored in Behavioral Neuroscience. After college, I had enough of the near East and decided to spent a year living in the Far East (i.e., Japan) before starting medical school at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. I came into medical school interested in psychiatry and neurology. During my third year, I enjoyed the day-to-day experience and the more holistic approach in psychiatry. My interest in psychiatry was solidified after spent a year working with low-income depressed women in Vietnam after my clerkship year in medical school. Finally, I decided to come back to Yale for a second round of fun.

Why I chose Yale

I really wanted to make the most of the short time we have in residency. I knew I would receive excellent clinical training at Yale, which has a track record for training future leaders in the field. Given my interest in working with the underserved, New Haven was great way to work with this population. Also, I have been able to work with diverse groups through Yale’s multiple clinical sites including the West Haven Veterans Affairs Hospital, the standalone Yale Psychiatry Hospital, the state-funded Connecticut Mental Health Center, as well at the Yale New Haven Hospital and Saint Raphael’s Hospital. Seeing how different systems of care function has been an enlightening.

As a neuroscience major, I was drawn by the integration of neuroscience into the curriculum. Despite a strong research program in the neuroscience and basic sciences, the department has a refreshing commitment to public psychiatry and global mental health. I knew Yale was one of the few places where I could successfully combine my interests in these difference areas.

My Schedule

The second year of residency is divided into one month of consult liaison psychiatry, one month of psychiatric emergency room, three months of inpatient psychiatry, six weeks of geriatric psychiatry, six weeks of addiction psychiatry and three months of CASE (Clinical and Academic Skills Enhancement).

Currently, I am on the CASE elective. This elective time can be devoted to an academic project of your choosing. CASE has been a nice way to start the year and enjoy the summer. My main project focuses on financial stress, a strong predictor of depression, in low-income mothers in the greater New Haven area. I have the opportunity to interview mothers on this topic. Ultimately, I hope to better conceptualize financial stress, create a tool to measure it, and develop psychosocial interventions to help low-income mothers and their children. Also, I had the opportunity to travel to Vietnam to start a project focusing on academic stress, anhedonia, and depression in high school students. This project was funded by the Global Mental Health Program.

Where I Live

I live in the Science Hill area near the famous Whale—the Yale hockey rink. The area is convenient because it is near the bus lines and is quiet. Also, there are food carts outside the hockey rink on weekdays.

My favorite New Haven Restaurants and Cultural Activities

Barcelona is my favorite for tapas. Prime 16 is great for burgers. Thali for Indian food. York Street Noodle Kitchen for Thai. I could go on. One local secret is the Wenzel sandwich at Alpha Delta Pizza. It is a transformative sandwich. I am a big fan of East Rock Park for a calming place to hang out. Sleeping Giant State Park is a great hike, particularly in the fall when the leaves change color. I love watching movies at the North Haven Cinemark, which has cushy recliner seats.

Final Thoughts

On a more personal note, Yale is very family friendly. My wife and I live in a nice apartment with our newborn son. Yale has great work-life balance and health care coverage, which honestly made the decision to start a family a lot easier. Having time to spend with my family is a blessing, particularly during these formative years of early childhood. On the flip side, I have been able to enjoy time with my co-residents in less formal settings (e.g., happy hours, clubbing). If you have any questions, please feel free to send me an e-mail: kunmi.sobowale@yale.edu.